Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 19, 2010

Internet

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Dear Readers,

I will probably be without internet connections the next 2 weeks.  We will be in Yellowston National Park and a couple others.  You might want to take the time to read some of the devotions in the archives.  You could also use the time to do some extra Bible reading.  I appreciate all the comments and look forward to being able to share my faith with you in a couple weeks.  God bless you as you grow in Him.

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Heat in the Fire

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Da 3:25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods

We were traveling in the mountains of Wyoming in our RV with a car in tow.  The engine was hot so we turned on the heater and opened the windows.  Turning on heat cooled the engine and kept it cool even on the steepest and longest hills.  That got me to thinking about God’s heat.  I imagine after Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stepped out of the fiery furnace unharmed their faith increased even more.  IT is through fire and heat that our faith is refined.  When the heat turns up, instead of complaining we need to stop and ask God what it is we are to learn.  After we learn we will bask in the coolness of God’s green pastures.

Sin is Sin

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1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

 It was a beautiful drive.  We were enjoying God’s creation in the scenery and in the wildlife.  Suddenly the trim on our cab-over of our RV came down.  My husband put his hand out the window to hold it until I could find a safe place to pull over.  Praise God for duct tape.  It made a temporary fix until we could get to our next RV Park and buy the necessary supplies for repair.  Duct tape can cover a multitude of problems.  We cover a multitude of our own problems, our sins, by rationalizing they are only tiny sins and not important to our relationship with God.  God will not be in the presence of sin.   We place a rating system or value system on sin.  To God, sin is sin.  All sin is to be confessed to Him.  We must ask forgiveness for all sin.  Any sin blocks the power of prayer.  Always take some time each day to confess, seek forgiveness, accept forgiveness and change whatever needs changing so we don’t repeat it.

August 18, 2010

Parental Love

2Co 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

The love of a parent is blind.  A parent doesn’t want their child to hurt.  The parent wants to make things easy and solve the problems.  Even when the child becomes an adult it is hard for a parent to watch their child walk through difficult times.  The parent instinct is to help in any way possible.  Sometimes this can be interfering with what God wants to teach the child.  A parent’s love can blind the parent to God’s working in their child.  So often God’s ways are different from our ways and hard to understand.  Before reaching out to help our children or grandchildren it is important to pause and listen to God.  Hearing Him can be hard through our parental love but, with the help of His Holy Spirit, we can hear and we can choose to step back, wait, pray for the child or grandchildren and let God work His way within them.

August 17, 2010

A Tender Heart

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Lk 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him

 Developing a tender heart is difficult in this day and age.  We fear to stop a stranger because so many have pretended to be in need and then turn around and attack the tenderhearted helper.  So many are begging for money yet we’ve seen them use the money to get drunk or get high on drugs.  It is difficult to keep a tender heart to those in need because of the abusers.  What to do?  We need to develop a listening ear to God’s Holy Spirit.  If we are walking with Him and communicating with Him we will recognize His gentle nudge when we are to help a stranger.  God will not put us in harms way.  As to giving money when needed, I’ve asked what they need money for.  If it’s food, I buy the food.  If it’s gas, I’ll drive to the gas station and pump the gas.  I also make sure I know where the can get help through organizations and through the government and am able to steer them toward that assistance or place of shelter.  Let us be more like the tender hearted Samaritan and help those we see in need.

August 16, 2010

Prayer is Life

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Jn 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men

 Prayer is life.  Without prayer, life slowly dies away.  As long as we continue to pray, our life will remain full and abundant.  Prayer connects us with God just as communion, the Lord’s Supper, in the eating of His body and the drinking of His blood.  It is not our prayers or our taking of the Lord’s Supper that bring us life.  It is Jesus Christ in us as His Holy Spirit Who brings us life.  Also, our conduct or our deeds cannot bring us life.  Our conduct and deeds are an outflow of the Life of God’s Holy Spirit in us.  When we pray we need to surrender ourselves complete to the Holy Spirit for He alone knows what to pray.  The three Persons of the Trinity do not act independently; they flow as one.  We are to surrender ourselves in prayer to become one with God.  This is only possible by giving our thoughts, desires and hearts over to His Spirit as we pray.  Lets practice giving over to the Holy Spirit as we communicate with God in prayer.

Contentment

 

Heb 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 Our son and his wife realized they were not happy.  It wasn’t with each other; it was with their life-style.  They thought back to see where they lost their happiness with their life-style.  Then the realized it was when they started buying a lot of stuff.  It was all good stuff, nice furniture, dishes, electronics, and special services.  But, it was all unnecessary stuff.  They have been having a series of garage sales selling all but the basics for their needs.  The closer they get to their goal, the happier they become.  How wonderful to learn in your youth that things are not what make you happy.  Happiness comes from within.  God is the One Who equips us with different roles in life.  We also have different economic levels for our different roles.  The issue is contentment with where God has us rather than the stress of always striving for more.  Our striving should be to be more of a reflection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Where are you in your contentment and happiness?

August 15, 2010

Excitement

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Ps 135:1 Praise the LORD.  Praise the name of the LORD; praise him, you servants of the LORD,

Read the entire psalm.  The Psalmist is excited.  Now go to some of the services in many of our churches.  Where is the excitement?  Go to a sports game.  Hear the cheering.  See the excitement.  It is sad that we can get so excited over a sports game and sit in church, in the Presence of our God, with deadpan faces.  So many just go through the motions of singing or praying to their Creator.  Why are we so afraid to show our excitement?  If we don’t have excitement we don’t realize what God has given us.  He’s given us the gift of life to last throughout all eternity.  If that isn’t something to be excited about, then nothing is.  Look at the excitement on the face of someone whose life sentence in prison has been commuted.  Now, remember your life sentence to death in hell for your sins has been commuted through the sacrifice on the cross of Jesus, God’s only Son.  Let’s show some excitement.

August 14, 2010

Trust

Jn 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God trust also in me

 Driving a motor home with a car in tow through Dallas during rush hour, I could have very easily had a panic attack.  In addition, my husband was in the back throwing up.  As I felt the panic approaching, I remembered this verse.  We always pray for God’s protection and guidance before we start out on our day.  I know He is faithful and I know I can trust Him.  I chose faith and trust over the panic and passed through Dallas traffic making 3 different interchange changes without incident.  There are so many times in life we must make a choice to trust over giving in to worry or anxiety or panic.  How wonderful God is there for us to choose His way.  This is definitely a peace that passes our finite understanding.  Next time things appear stressful choose to trust God.

August 13, 2010

It All Belongs to God

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Ps 50:10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

 It was a beautiful drive today through rolling hills and high planes.  As I was driving I saw a lot of cattle on the hills and this verse came to my mind.  It reminds me that none of us owns anything in this world.  It all belongs to God.  He just allows us to be stewards and take care of things.  Makes me want to do a better job of it.  How about you?

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